Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis looks at the regulatory responses to the jitney craze from San Francisco and Los Angeles municipal governments from 1914-1919. Beyond just looking at jitneys as a new form of public transportation, it seeks to understand discussions about the right to public space during the Progressive Era. In doing so, the burgeoning power of these city governments in shaping urban life becomes evident. Whether jitneys promoted or hurt the public good became a central question, often framed around how much space jitneys should be given. It argues that in regulating where the jitney could operate, municipalities sought to maintain centralized public transportation, whether publicly or privately owned, rather than transportation provided by collectively organized drivers.
Huntington, Nathaniel, "Regulating Rideshare in Progressive Era California Cities: Jitneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles 1914-1919" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2829.